Controversial JD(U) MLA Anant Singh quit the party on Wednesday. Singh, who was elected from Mokama, faces several criminal cases. He was arrested in July in connection with a kidnapping case. He was also named in a murder case in Barh.
Bihar JD(U) unit chief Bashistha Narayan Singh confirmed Anant Singh’s resignation and said the party has accepted his resignation. He, however, added that the party did not ask Singh to resign and he had quit on his own.
Speculations are rife that Anant Singh could joint either Pappu Yadav’s Jan Adhikar Party or Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party.
At Patna’s Swabhiman rally on Sunday, RJD chief Lalu Prasad took jibe at Anant Singh and thanked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for taking action against his MLA in connection with the murder of a Yadav youth.
Anant Singh, an upper caste Bhumihar, fell out with Nitish Kumar after JD(U) tied up with the RJD. Singh had been supporting Nitish since 2004 Lok Sabha elections.
While the government action against Anant Singh went down well with Lalu and his Yadav voters, the episode also served to send message among Bhumihars about new the emerging political equations, which had started taking shape since June 2013 when Nitish parted ways with the BJP.
Though there is little chance of BJP accepting Anant Singh, it is likely that the controversial leader could explore the option of joining Lok Janshakti Party to get close to NDA.